The other day, I spent all day doing as much on my task list as possible. Why? Because I know that for the next two weeks I will be very busy. As I was working on my own stuff, I made some realizations.
1. Sometimes we just plain have too much to do! Because of the complexity of our lives, we have many tasks. We must start asking ourselves questions. Should I spend time filling out my daughter’s renewal for Girl Scouts even though the troop is not very active? Should I volunteer at the library book sales or spend my time reading the books I own? Our complex lives require us to make choices and we must realize that we can’t possibly do everything we would like to.
2. Certain times are more productive for us than other times. My job as an organizer is to help people be more productive in those times when they have energy and motivation. We all have to capitalize on those times when we can get more work or tasks accomplished because we have the energy or are in the mood to do it.
3. Task lists are important. When you use them, you don’t have to think about what you have to do until you have time to do it. Task lists ensures that tasks are not forgotten and everything is completed.
4. It is important to take time each day to do tasks. Some of my clients, as I am sure many people do, keep adding to their list, but never complete any tasks. The whole point of a task list is to see what has to be done and to do it when you can before it is too late.
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